Marbella is one of the Mediterranean's most representative tourist venues and a top favorite for travellers. What was once a small white village of fishermen is now one of the most cosmopolitan beach resorts on the Costa del Sol in Spain.
Get in Edit
By air Edit
Malaga Airport (Aeropuerto Pablo Ruiz Picasso) is serviced by most European carriers otherwise fly in to Gibraltar. although this entails a 1.5 hour drive.
By car Edit
The main coast road (N340, now known as the A7) connects the major towns along the whole southern coast and Marbella is approx 30 minutes drive along the N340 from the provincial capital, Malaga. If you are prepared to pay the toll fee (around 4-6 Euros depending upon season) you can take the new AP-7 road which runs parallel to the N340, but with less traffic and higher speed limits means you will reach your destination more quickly.
By bus Edit
From Malaga Airport, buy a bus ticket from the vendor facing the exit of the arrivals hall. In July 2011, a one way ticket cost under 5 Euros. The buses will arrive every hour or two on the road behind the vendor. Make sure to be there on time, since the bus leaves exactly on time, or
even a minute before. The buses are modern and air conditioned. Make sure to sit on the left side of the bus if you want to see the beautiful coastal view (Although you'll get a much better view sitting on the right in the opposite direction). Without traffic (there really shouldn't be any, since the bus takes the toll road), the ride should take around 40 min.
Marbella's central bus station is right off the motor way (A-7 / E-15), right off exit 164.
There are high quality regular bus services along the length of the Costa. Although cheap, the buses can run to their own timetable (!) and are often very busy in summer.
By train Edit
There is a train service between Fuengirola and Malaga. which due to be extended to run further down the coast to Marbella in the near future.
By taxi Edit
Taxis are available from Malaga Airport to Marbella outside AGP airport. The cost of the journey is around €68. The disabled can also pre-book a wheelchair accessible taxi or minivan online with Marbella Taxis from €7 per person or with malaga cabbie for €62. A transfer with Autosol Private Transfer will cost 66.50 €. Holiday Transfer is even cheaper. It'll rate your transfer 58 €.